Quentin Kenihan disability park unveils plan • Glam Adelaide

Quentin Kenihan disability park unveils plan

An all-inclusive playspace, inspired by beloved Adelaide figure Quentin Kenihan will include a wheelchair trampoline, a sound and sensory garden, water play, swings, seats that rock and more.

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Disability advocate, Quentin Kenihan’s legacy is set to live on, in an all-inclusive playspace to be built in Adelaide CBD.

Located in Rymill Park, the playspace will provide a fun, safe and exciting environment that children of all ages and abilities can enjoy.

The City of Adelaide recently unveiled the design for the playspace after an extensive community engagement process.

The process included hosting an inclusive play-day in October 2019 to gather feedback on what would be a great experience for all ages and abilities.

This space is inspired by Quentin Kenihan, a beloved Adelaide writer, actor and strong disability advocate who passed away in 2018.

Upon completion, the park will feature inclusive play equipment, including a wheelchair trampoline, a sound and sensory garden, water play, swings, seats that rock and even a carousel.

The design will also include accessible toilets, accessible paths, a barbecue and seating area, as well as a fully-fenced playspace where parents can allow their children to play with ease.

Concept plan sourced via City of Adelaide’s Play Space concept report

With the State Government pledging $1 million to help this all-inclusive play space become a reality, construction on the Rhymill Park playspace is expected to begin soon.

Lord Mayor Sandy Verschoor says that she looks forward to seeing families enjoying the new playspace.

“The Quentin Kenihan Inclusive Playspace will be a wonderful addition to our suite of playspaces within the Adelaide Park Lands and will soon become a key attraction for Rymill Park / Murlawirrapurka,” says Ms Verschoor.

 “Our team has worked closely with Quentin’s family and friends, Council’s Access and Inclusion Panel and key members of the community to design a playspace that Quentin would be proud of, and that will hopefully be warmly embraced by children of all abilities from across Adelaide.”

The playground is part of the City of Adelaide’s strategic plan to make Adelaide an affordable, accessible and well-connected place for people of all ages and abilities by 2024.

The Rhymill Park playspace in expected to be completed this December.

For more information on the Quentin Kenihan Inclusive Playspace head to https://yoursay.cityofadelaide.com.au/QK-playspace.

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